In an unpublished letter (August 9th, 1786) to the Habsburg plenipotentiary in Milan, count Johann Joseph Maria von Wilczek, Ruggiero Boscovich complains that “the taste of the century has changed: too few people have an interest in Latin poetry, few people in geometry and very few in a work which applies poetry to the objects related to geometry”. In this letter he refers to the project of a complete edition of Benedetto Stay’s “Newtonian” didactic poem Philosophiae recentioris versibus traditae libri X. The first and second volumes, containing books 1-6, were originally published in Rome, respectively in 1755 and 1760. But Boscovich’s own interest for the “science in verses” goes back to the beginning of his teaching and scientific career: he originally composed and recited in 1735 a first brief version of a poem about solar and lunar eclipses (De Solis ac Lunae defectibus), then published in an extended version in London in 1760 (then Venice, 1761). This paper aims at discussing Boscovich’s original contribution to the didactic poetry in Latin from his early years until the French translation of De Solis ac Lunae Defectibus as Les Eclipses (1779).
|Titolo:||The end of a world? Ruggiero Boscovich and the tradition of didactic poetry|
GUZZARDI, LUCA (Primo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-FIL/02 - Logica e Filosofia della Scienza|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|